With almost 20 000 social enterprises operating across every aspect of the Australian economy, social enterprises are changing the face of our communities. To recognise and celebrate the great work they are doing, Social Traders is proud to present the 2015 Australian Social Enterprise Awards.
Now in their third year, the Awards showcase outstanding achievements by social enterprises as well as those organisations investing in or supporting social enterprise. Seven awards will be presented this year, including a new award to recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to social enterprise.
As well as receiving industry acknowledgement at a special Awards ceremony to be held in Melbourne in June, the Awards also help to raise awareness and the public profile of social enterprises through increased publicity and media exposure.
Previous award winners have included: SEED Parks and Property Maintenance that provides work for Brisbane’s long term unemployed; STREAT enterprises whose cafe and hospitality businesses are tackling youth homelessness and disadvantage in Melbourne; Thank You who have taken our thirst for bottled water and transformed it into funds for life-changing health projects in developing countries; and Connecting Up who have saved the not for profit sector over $50 million through their discounted software sales.
The 2015 Award categories are: Social Enterprise of the Year (Small), Social Enterprise of the Year (Large), One to Watch, Social Investment, Social Innovation, Buy Social, and the Social Enterprise Champion Award (Individual).
Finalists will be selected by an independent judging panel and announced in June.
So if you’re part of a great social enterprise, or helping to support one, don’t miss the opportunity to tell your story and be recognised for your contribution.
To apply for the Social Enterprise Awards or for more information, visit www.seawards.com.au
Closing date for entries is 5pm, Friday 27 March 2015.